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A recent survey of brand preferences showed that R-Bar Beans [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2005, 10:40
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A recent survey of brand preferences showed that R-Bar Beans are considered the best of all brands among all age groups, leading both Texas T Beans and Aunt Sally’s Beans by a wide margin. However, the national sales figures show that Texas T and Aunt Sally’s each sold many more cans of beans last year than did R-Bar.

Each of the following would, by itself, help to resolve the apparent paradox described in the passage EXCEPT:

(A) Texas T Beans and Aunt Sally’s Beans are each much less expensive than R-Bar Beans.
(B) Some of the surveyed age groups showed more of a preference for R-Bar Beans than did others.
(C) The survey was carried out only in the small geographic area where R-Bar distributes its beans, not nationwide.
(D) Most food stores refuse to carry R-Bar Beans because the manufacturer demands that R-Bar Beans be carried exclusively.
(E) R-Bar Beans were only introduced to the market three months prior to the calculation of sales figures, while Texas T Beans and Aunt Sally’s Beans had been available for years.


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 [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2005, 10:50
B.
I used POE to eliminate other option. Do not have sensible reason, though, why B is correct. Its just that it doesnt add adequate information to resolve paradox.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2005, 10:52
B for me too. Same explaination as duttsit
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2005, 10:53
B for me

The passage states that though R-Bar Beans are considered the best, the sales of Texas T and Aunt Sally's Beans are greater than R-Bar. We are asked to look for the statement that would NOT help resolve this paradox.

(B) Some of the surveyed age groups showed more of a preference for R-Bar Beans than did others.

All of the other choices give some reason why R-Bar's sales could be lower: price discrepancy, a sample that is not representative of the whole, and unavailability of the product.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2005, 10:55
I am tending between B and E

A) C) and D) are pretty straight forward. They all give good reasons why more of the other brands were sold even though R-Bars are the most popular.

I'd rather tend to E
because B) could be an explanation in so far, as if some groups strongly preferred R-bars and this age group has a strong demographic represantation (e.g. youngsters) then their parents could still buy the others. Of course now I am reading too much into the answerchoice as I should ;)

E) does not help at all to explain the discrepancy. Even though, the Rbar figutes where introduced 3 month prior to the calculation... at the time of the calculation, they were in there as much as the other bars.

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2005, 10:56
for me it is a clear B.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2005, 11:48
IMO B
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2005, 17:32
(A) - helps
(B) - not useful
(C) - helps
(D) - helps
(E) - helps

Going through the choices, only choice B does not provide any useful information to explain the results of the sales figure.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2005, 19:17
All answer choices except B resolve the discrepency.

In B, who cares if within some of the surveyed age groups, some showed more of a preference for the R-bar magical fruits than others. It is total comparative sales that we are interested in. This does not resolve the paradox.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2005, 19:51
B is the best choice as it is totally not helpful in resolving the paradox. It infact seconds what the first line in the argument says.
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Re: CR - Brand preference (Plus #74) [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2005, 06:33
Clear B
Look for the answer that explains why T and Sally's have more sales and cross those choices out.

A- price
C- sample rep of population
D- exclusive
E- new product.


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A recent survey of brand preferences showed that R-Bar Beans are considered the best of all brands among all age groups, leading both Texas T Beans and Aunt Sally’s Beans by a wide margin. However, the national sales figures show that Texas T and Aunt Sally’s each sold many more cans of beans last year than did R-Bar.

Each of the following would, by itself, help to resolve the apparent paradox described in the passage EXCEPT:

(A) Texas T Beans and Aunt Sally’s Beans are each much less expensive than R-Bar Beans.
(B) Some of the surveyed age groups showed more of a preference for R-Bar Beans than did others.
(C) The survey was carried out only in the small geographic area where R-Bar distributes its beans, not nationwide.
(D) Most food stores refuse to carry R-Bar Beans because the manufacturer demands that R-Bar Beans be carried exclusively.
(E) R-Bar Beans were only introduced to the market three months prior to the calculation of sales figures, while Texas T Beans and Aunt Sally’s Beans had been available for years.


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 [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2005, 15:16
OA please.......
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2005, 20:09
B with EVERYONE else!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2005, 14:55
I would go with A. As it talks about the sales but in the question the number of cans for R-Beans are less.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2005, 21:31
Choice A is correct.


It weakens the argument. The sales of R-Bar beans is not down because of the price. If it is true then R-Bar beans is not the best brand.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2005, 06:21
This forum rocks! :-D

OA is B
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